Stone 9th Anniversary Ale | Stone Brewing

BA SCORE
86
very good
255 Ratings
THE BROS
69
poor
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Stone 9th Anniversary AleStone 9th Anniversary Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 08-29-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
255
Reviews:
218
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
12.27%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 255 |  Reviews: 218
Photo of clvand0
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly orange color with a tall head that has ok retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is very hoppy - reminds me of a double IPA with American hops. The flavor is much the same as the nose with lots of American hops and a strong caramel backbone. Something seems off in the flavor. I disagree with the style of Am. Strong Ale listed here. Body is moderate to thick and the drinkability is good.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Hazy orange/copper color. A few tiny bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass. Thick off-white pillowy head. Good retention, and nice patches of lace left on the glass. Grassy, citrusy aroma. Malt flavor is a bit weak, then followed by a big amount of grassy, citursy hops. Very bitter. Malt character is lost. As mentioned before, very aspirin-like in the finish. Slightly warming, medium body. I think this malt/hop combo doesn't work as well as others, as this is somewhat overwhelming.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Painted bottle loaded with pablum nonsense.

Pours out with an inocuous straw hue loaded up with floaty sea monkey scrod floaters leading up to a quickly settled craggy off white head leaving spotty lace in the glass.

Light cnady like scents of Spree candy.

First swigs: Signature house flavors of Stone are the first impression. Ther is a solid wheat-wine characteristic here that really holds down the fort. Some vanilla ice cream aspects and a bit of cream soda. A bit oily in the end.

Medium bodied and tacky with the residual sugar. The yeast mustv'e had a feild day eatin' up this. Wow! Soft restrained carbonation. Fluffy slick feel. Too bad I only have one bottle 'cos I could go for another. Maybe I'll trade for another.

Last swigs: This really doesn't fall into a category properly, so the American Strong Ale is correct. If I had to choose a specific category, I'd say wheat wine. Reminds me a tad of Allagash Curieux.

Beer is good. Happy wheat beering.

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Photo of bashiba
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very nice shade of hazy orange with a huge super creamy head that left so much lacing down the side it looked like meringue.

Smell as full of nice citrus hop odor.

Taste had a great balance of slightly sweet malt flavors and sweet orange citrus taste mixing in with a just a touch of alcohol taste and then finishing with a huge grapefruity hop finish..

Mouthfeel had a very heavy creaminess to it with a bit of oilyness as well.

Overall extremely drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice orange color with a slightly unfiltered appearance and an off white head that maintains some clout.

Citrus, hops, and a subtle floral presence mix with a meaty malted smell and form an inviting aroma.

Hops take charge in the taste. Imagine a hop presence short of most IPA's but more than a Pale, somewhere inbetween lies this splendid hop profile which lends itself to being receptive of a orange citrus backdrop and eventually finishes on the sweeter side of the spectrum.

Mouthfeel has some meaty structure and the bitterness is allowed to cut through to form a satisfying and dare I say refreshing experience.

This is a staple in my fridge for many reasons but mostly it has an incredible smoothness, alcohol is well hidden, and the ingredients come together without any odd transitions.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Stone 9th Anniversary Ale pours from the bomber a vibrant deep orange hue with a creamy white two finger head that leaves some nice sticky lacing as well. Big aromas of grain husks and wheat with a mellow caramel aspect. Hops are big and resinous with tropical fruit tones and hints of pine and wildflowers. This comes off oddly phenolic, almost cough syrupy and detracts from my overall enjoyment of the nose.

First sip brings a pale, grainy maltiness with light hints of wheat husk followed by a big blast of fresh green, fruity hop flavors. Tropical fruits, wildflowers and hints of pine boughs overlap with each sip. A good blast of bitterness on the way down with a lingering phenolic medicinal flavor that really gets in the way of the rest of the flavors. A bit of peppery spiciness creeps in as well. This one just fails to grab me really.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slight creaminess...definetly lighter than almost any other Stone brew I've sampled...but that just makes it all the more drinkable and refreshing. An interesting hopped up wheat brew...however the overall flavor profile just seems to miss a beat for me. I have a few more bottles so I'll see what a bit of time does to this one, but for now I'm just glad I still have an extra bottle of the yummy 8th Anniversary lying around!

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Photo of mentor
2.57/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Obtained from Total Beverage (Colorado) and consumed a couple nights later. Pours a three finger yellow-tan head over a crystal clear golden pee colored liquid. Smells mostly hoppy but with some sweet undertones. Hops are piney and oranges, with a hint of pith. The pith mixes well with some alcohol sting and is 'talked down' by fruity esters and malt sweet. Caramel? Perhaps a hint. Tastes hop bitter mixed with alcohol sting. The alcohol is fairly smooth, but some rough fusels are present. Malt sweet rides beneath, taunting the hops and keeping the beer honest. Esters are light and syrupy, like the mouthfeel. Pear and peach syrup. Gosh, the ending is rough and dry, like I just got a mouth full of dried hay. Orange oil hangs on my tongue and apricot rises up the back of my throat. I feel my face somewhat cringing at the persistent bitter. Really thick mouthfeel and moderately carbonated.

I was thinking Imperial IPA for this beer. Strong Ale? I think not. Wa-aay too hoppy. Almost DIPA-land. My ratings are to style, which makes this beer seem much worse than it really is.

This beer is really pretty and has an interesting smell. Taste...this beer needs time to settle the alcohol and hops. Honestly, there are many other beers I'd rather cellar, as I *know* they will develop well. This one, I don't know how much it can improve. I'm certainly going to try, but I'm not sure how many bombers I'll risk.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright white dense foam that sticks to the glass' sides and holds as a semi-permeable sheet. Some thin and spotted lace with good strength. Glowing peach in color with a chill haze.

Moderately sweet honey with layers of hop resins and oils. Complex whaffs of alcohol make this ale smell like a double IPA-barleywine hybrid.

Sweet cream, honey, and vanilla met by a harsh and coarse hop bite. Pine-infused hop oils with a big, slightly immature flavor of alcohol. This is followed by a warming bitterness and an aftertaste of light grapefruit and hints of alcohol.

Medium bodied; slick and oily on the palate, yet a bit coarse.

Pretty complex in flavor, but quite young; this would probably be at its peak aged for another two years or so. This is quite a treat in terms of 'style'; not quite a barleywine, not quite a double IPA. Worth a try.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light orange/copper in color, it's somewhat cloudy and pours leaving a very small head that dissipates in a hurry. The smell is a nice balance of sweet malt and dank hops. Taste has a light sweetness up front, then is dominated mostly by herbal hops. There is some subtle spiciness here also. The hops really override this beer, and with this much hop flavor I expected a strong bitter finish, however the bitterness remained low. The beer has a medium thickness, adequate carbonation, and is pretty smooth. Very hoppy, but for me this kind of ruined it. The hops tasted a little funky to me, and it just didn't add up. I think it's still a unique beer and worth a try though.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer for hop heads. Color is clear bronze with minimal white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is hops (pine, grapefruit, lemongrass), wheat, grass, and, well, hops. Taste is very similar. Loads of the citrus hops along with pepper It is similar to an Imperial IPA, but the wheat and malt temper the hops so there is all the flavor, without the bitter bite. Long resiny hop finish with alcohol burn.

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Photo of cadaugherty
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of IntriqKen
2.7/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is a hard review....why in the world Stone would choose a wheat based strong ale for their Anniverary Brew is beyond me, but here it goes...trying to review to type...American Strong Ale.
Poured a light reddish amber like an American Red/Amber ale...much lighter than I would expect.
Head is strong and a definate finger and a half that melts slowly to thick, thick lacing.
Aroma is predominately sweet malt with alcohol and a bit of bready yeast.
Taste is sweet malt with a bitter hop and medicinal alcohol aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is sort of thin for a strong ale, but still has plenty of carbonation and lots of alcohol burn.
Aftertaste is very VERY drying from the wheat and definately alcohol. The bitterness is not pleasant to me.
I don't want another...don't want to finish this one, so drinkability is poor.

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Photo of granger10
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy golden body with a medium rocky beige head. Good lacing. Strong hoppy aromas with citrus dominating. A bit of a resiny bitterness, some piney characteristics, and a sweet fruit element. A grain astringency lies underneath. Taste is dominant on the alcohol. Alcohol seems to come in right at the start. A bit of a fruity sweetness like pears and pineapples come in. Pear brandy flavors. A wheaty flavor dries it out a bit along with some bitterness. The hop flavors from the aroma seem to be lacing in flavor and are almost stuck to the malts. Alcohol is strong but I don't think will age too well since the hops seem to be a diminished already. The sweetness really does coat the mouth and the beer stays with you for some time. A slightly heavy beer and one that doesn't have a lively carbonation. Decent all around but a bit overwhelming, esp for a wheat beer.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I finally found some of this beer. I had been searching for awhile. Read the BeerSpy report to find out where you might be able to get some. Anyways I poured a bomber of this into a snifter. It pours a cloud deep golden, light orange color with a very nice white, frothy head that was over an inch thick upon being poured. Head was about 1/3 of an inch thick upon settling. Good retention and very nice lacing. Aromas of malt, caramel and some floral hops are present along with some fruit, such as some orange, grapefruit or lemon. The taste is mildly sweet up front with hints of malt and caramel, followed by some spice, hops, and a touch of the aforementioned fruit. The hop bitterness certainly becomes more apparent as the beer warms. Has a sort of dry and bitter aftertaste. Has a smooth, frothy, and creamy mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink in the manner that craft beer should be. Another winner from Stone!

4/13/08 app-4 smell-4 taste-4.5 mf-4.5 'ability-4.5

I also drank this again on 4/13/08. Split a bomber I had sitting in my cellar with a friend because I decided it was time to crack this baby open! Poured into my pint glass. This beer is a cloudy, light brown, golden color. Nice white head is a good 1/2 inch when poured and settles to a decent white surface layer lining the inside of the glass. Definitely has a citrus hop aroma and some caramel malt as well. The citrus hops are certainly present upfront tastewise followed by some sweet malt caramel notes. I was certainly pleasantly surprised how apparent the hops presence still was after this had been aging in my cellar for 14 months and 2 1/2 years since it was originally released. I can only imagine how hoppy this beer must have been when it was fresh. The hops certainly linger in the aftertaste. Has a crisp and frothy, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink

Eric

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Photo of ElGordo
2.58/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up on a recent trip to the Cincinnati area. The year or so it spent sitting on a shelf in the light has not been kind, I'm sad to say. Pours a cloudy orange hue with a small flourish of creamy white head that strains to get up to a half-inch before sheepishly disappearing back into the body. Aroma is rough around the edges - grapefruity, piney hops blend with a funky Belgian-esque, brett type character that is not particularly pleasant. Palate is fully distracted by this same character, to the point of rendering it a bit of a chore to drink. The hop character is still there, but it is blunted significantly by the Belgian funkiness that I'm pretty sure wasn't there when this was fresh. Body is decent and creamy, at least providing a pleasant texture. I'm sad I didn't have a chance to try this when it was a serviceable and drinkable offering.

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Photo of ralphw56
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Wildman
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

The beer poured a light red amber and formed a huge off white fluffy head that left lattice lace as it slowly subsided. Medium carbonation is present. An aroma of hops, malt, caramel and a buttery aspect as well. The flavor was of hops, caramel and butterscotch. A very sweet beer. The body was medium light and the finish was sweet. A good beer as always from Stone, but a little sweeter than I would like from this style.

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Photo of TasteTester
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Hibernator
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone 9th Anniversary Ale
22 oz brown bottle
September 2005
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a hazy light orange color with a great head. Thick, foamy head on top of this brew. Signficant trails of sticky lace.

Floral hop aroma with freshly sliced citrus fruits.

Sweet blend of oranges and grapefruit. Puckering hops with a twangy citrus profile, mainly grapefruit juice. Resin and oil flavors. Interesting mouthfeel that reminds me of a wheat beer. Cool yeast flavors too.

My only concern is on the finish. There are rough flavors left on my tongue after I complete a sip. My tastebuds are spent with a strange rubbing alcohol kick.

Stone brewing has there own unique taste and brewing style. Another high quality offering. This beer will only age better as times passes. I may have had it premature.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - rich copper color, with a full finger of antique white head that doesn't quit right away, moderate carbonation

S - strong pine-hoppy IPA type smell, that overpowers all other aspects of the bouquet

T - I drank this before i looked it up here on BA, it doesnt say the style on the bottle, I could've sworn this was an IPA, tons of hoppiness with a slight milky sweetness in the background

M - bitter, but a smooth down brew

D - high if you like bitterness in your beer, otherwise moderate

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Photo of taez555
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a small white head with a hazy, yet bright, orange body.

Nose was a mix of malt, mild very dulled citrus, and some mild fruit juice.

Taste was very grainy and even chalky. Not so much an aspirin like quality, more of a moldy citrus peel, chalk, or like that taste of lettuce leaves that haven’t been cleaned before eating them. A HUGE hop taste though. Citrus, orange, grapefruit, lime juice, citrus peel. STRONG, STRONG, STRONG citrus peel.

This is a bizarre beer. My notes make note of the fact that it tastes like it has way too much Amarillo hops, yet…. I liked it. How odd.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a slightly foggy apricot with a few streams of individual bubbles rising from the bottom to sustain a small creamy white head.

Smelled of oats, pale malts, brown sugar, play dough and mandarin oranges.

The flavor starts absolutely neutral, much like water, but then picks up some light tingly sourness like peaches, and then fades into oats and a woody pine.

The mouth feel is light but dense with a medium tingly carbonation.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, released in September '05 - dry-hopped with Amarillo and Crystal; 50 IBUs. It pours into the tulip a very lightly hazed/sedimented topaz with medium carbonation and is topped with a two finger, fluffy, off-white head that is nice and sticky. The aroma is pungent yet nice, with notes of tart and nutty wheat backed by citric, American hops. It is similar on the palate with tart/nutty wheat, medicinal phenols, some orange, and a big bitterness - strong, yet pleasant with a candy-like sweetness. The body is medium, almost full, smooth, drying, with medium carbonation and finish. I rather enjoyed this one - I wish I had another bottle. But I would call it a wheat wine as opposed to the more generic term strong ale, especially because Stone, on their website, describes it as an amped-up version of Heat-Seeking Wheat.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice carbonation, this beer was in a hurry to get out of the bottle. Pours a cloudy orange peach color with a creamy light tan head.

S: Butterscotch candy, vanilla, tangerine and with floral notes.

T: Begins buttery with orange marmalade sweetness. Hints of lemon juice and minor grapefruit along with the orange add a mellow floral-like citrus personality. Continues on with more butterscotch and very caramely. There is some bitterness tingling the tip of the tongue but not nearly as much as I remember. Finishes sweet and spicy with a low level lingering dirty bitterness.

M: Medium body with a full mouthfeel. Only a touch of prickly carbonation.

D: With only a year under its belt, this beer is turning out really nicely. This one has at least two more good years before it will start going down hill.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours orange copper. Head is a thick and creamy white mass.

Smell is strongly of floral hops, lightly malty, fruit and spices.

Taste is dominated by grapfruit hop pineyness and spice character. Some balancing with sweet malt. Alcohol is present but it doesn't distract. Finish is quite dry with lingering bitter and orange flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very carbonated.

Overall this brew makes me think of an APA. Quite full of citrus hop character. Stone is such a great brewery. However, I feel that this one is a bit sharp and one dimentional for my taste.

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Stone 9th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing
3.83 out of 5 based on 255 ratings.
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